Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Opens First Connecticut Location as Part of Multi-Unit Agreement

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, the famed New York pizza concept with locations from coast to coast, will open its first Connecticut store at 2391 Berlin Turnpike in Newington this Fall. This location is part of a multi-unit agreement inked earlier this year with franchisee and Connecticut local, Matthew Rusconi.

The upcoming Newington location will be the first freestanding store in the Artichoke empire, thus creating a new footprint for larger standalone Artichoke franchises in the future. The Newington outpost will span just over 1600 square feet, and will include seating for 35 people and space for a full-service bar. The freestanding location will also feature many of the same design elements, like exposed brick and antiqued tin, that characterize the existing Artichoke Pizza locations, bringing the heart and soul of the New York stores to the Connecticut community.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, which specializes in serving a unique style of “authentic” New York pizza, was founded in 2008 by cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille. After successfully testing slivers of their signature Artichoke Pie in the breadbaskets of their family’s Staten Island restaurant, Garcia and Basille opened the first Artichoke Pizza location in Manhattan’s East Village. Since then, the Artichoke empire has grown to include 12 locations in New York, Miami, and Berkeley, CA, with more than 10 stores in development in New Jersey, Northern California, and Connecticut.

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